Possible surgical error???

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GREYGHOST
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   Posted 10/13/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
cry  On 10/12/10, i got to see my surgical doctor for a follow up visit. He told me that the tests from the barium swallow turned out good and that he could see no problems with food going down into my stomach of which is good news. The only problem after his surgery on me 44 days ago, is that for some unknown reason, food wants to come back up on me - this is some liquids and some soft foods.  As of yesterday, he told me that there might be NERVE damage done to my stomach from his surgery, and that he was going to send me to another doctor to check into this. Has anyone heard of the Enteric Nervous System and the Vagus Nerve dealing with your Esophageal Hiatus in the Diaphragm and also your Sensory Nerve Endings that line your stomach??? We all are to have these within us - My question is how they can be damaged during surgery or after surgery, and how does one get this problem taken care of? According to my doctor this was a easy surgery done on me to repair a large hitial hernia and to do a 270 degree stomach wrap around my esphogas.  Is this really possible to have nerve damage inside the stomach to reject foods one has eaten all there life?  Another problem associated with this is that my appointment to see this other doctor is not until 11/15/10 and until then, i stiil have to be on a liquid diet.  This doctor is the same doctor that did my egd back in august of this year so he does know of me.  Does anyone have any intake on this matter, please let me know, as this is not what i expected after this surgery and recovery process.  Thanks  Greyghost

stkitt
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   Posted 10/13/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
The enteric nervous system manages the gastrointestinal tract.  It regulates the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon by mixing food with digestive enzymes and pushing food along the tract. It also helps control the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream and protects the body against harmful bacteria and toxins that may enter with food.
 
A working vagus nerve sends a steady stream of messages between the brain and the gut, with the number of messages going to the brain from the gut outnumbering those from the gut to the brain.
 
Through the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system plays a major role in protecting the body from external threats.
 
Vegus nerve damage due to nissen fundoplication is possible as in most surgeries there is always a risk.  This is a risk that can happen during surgery with even the best surgeon. I think at this point it is best to find someone extremely knowledgeable to problems like this. Good luck.
 
Kitt

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drgrcr
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   Posted 10/13/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I gotta quit reading this stuff.....

couchtater
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   Posted 10/13/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Scary isn't it, drgrcr?
There's always a risk with any surgery.
Joy

GREYGHOST
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   Posted 10/14/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
stkitt - Thanks for the information. Again, just how do these nerves play a part on the food that we eat on a day to day basis and can they really reject these simple foods making one want to vomit them up? Is this the sensory nerve endings inside our stomach, and if so, can medication treat this problem or is more surgery possible? I am very tired of this liquid diet and the urge to cheat and try to eat the foods i like, my knowing i can not and another 30 days (11/15/10) before i see this other doctor, really has me upset . Couchtater - thanks also for you input on this matter. Greygoast

stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Don't cheat on your diet until you know what is going on.  Remember, please, that I am not a Dr and I am not dx your problem.  OK?  smilewinkgrin
 
Gastroparesis is the result of damage to the vagus nerve, which controls the movement of food through the digestive system. Instead of moving through the digestive tract normally, the food is retained in the stomach.
 
The vagus nerve can be damaged in surgery but you are not sure of that yet. 
 

Signs and symptoms of gastroparesis are

  • heartburn
  • pain in the upper abdomen
  • nausea
  • vomiting of undigested food—sometimes several hours after a meal
  • early feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food
  • weight loss due to poor absorption of nutrients or low calorie intake
  • abdominal bloating
  • high and low blood glucose levels
  • lack of appetite
  • gastroesophageal reflux
  • spasms in the stomach area

Eating solid foods, high-fiber foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, fatty foods, or drinks high in fat or carbonation may contribute to these symptoms.

Gastroparesis is diagnosed with tests such as x rays, manometry, and gastric emptying scans.

I hope you find out soon what is going on and that you continue to advocate for your own health.  I wish you the very best.

Kindly,

Kitt


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